The pilgrim returns....'s been a while...too long but it is good to be back! This time I greet you from Irish soil, from our community in Dublin to be precise where I am currently missioned so I am looking forward to catching up with old friends over the next few weeks. After returning from Rome in May, life has been a rollercoaster of events! The last blogs detailed  the going-on's of our trimester course in preparation for Perpetual Profession of the 'first eight' as we were fondly known! Since then, 7 of us have made our Perpetual vows....the 8th, Sr. M. Cecilia will be making hers on the 9th of July so we continue to keep her in our prayers. Sr. Emma Luna, our sister from Mexico started the ball rolling and had her special day on the 30th of January 2011, next was Sr. M. Kelly Silva de Oliveira on the 5th of February in Brazil, then Sr. M. Gabriela Kubecka in Poland on the 13th of February, Sr. Justine Zongo from Burkina Faso on the 14th of May, Sr. M. Marta Soza on the 5th of June, then the pilgrim herself, Sr. M. Louise O' Rourke on the 19th of June (but more about that later!), and then Sr. M. Hedda Solon just recently on the 29th of June, feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. So with Sr. M. Cecilia's Profession on Saturday, we can rejoice that our group is now part of the perpetually professed membership of our Congregation. It's been a long road, hard at times, harder for some than others but what we all have in common is that we are HAPPY to be and live for the Lord as his disciples. Please keep us all in your prayers as many of us have been assigned new ministries. It's a new beginning for all of us! I received this 'New Year' Morning wish on a card for my Profession which is quite adapt and I wish to share it with you. The morning of a new day has come and there are many graces which fall from God's hands if we open ours to receive them.
Ciao x

"A Morning Wish". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W.R. Hunt

    "The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the new year. What can I wish that this day, that this year, may bring to me?
    Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer, nothing at the expense of others; but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me but touch me rather, as they pass and gather strength:
A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends.
A work to do which has real value without which the world would feel the poorer.
A return for such work small enough not to tax unduly anyone who pays.
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed.
An understanding heart.
A sight of the eternal hills and unbelting sea, and of something beautiful the individual hand has made.
A sense of humor and the power to laugh.
A little leisure with nothing to do.
A few moments of quiet, silent meditation. The sense of the presence of God.
And the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to know them when they come."